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Debut Authors 2020

2021; a new year, full of new opportunities, and for many debut authors, full of anticipation ahead of seeing their works reach bookshelves for the very first time. Here at Foyles we have pulled together a selection of the debut books we are most excited by, that are being published during the first quarter of 2021. Covering fiction, non-fiction and children's publishing, there is a lot here to look forward to, with some titles just reaching our shelves now, some with a little longer to wait....but pre-order now for swift delivery as soon publication date arrives!
 

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The Prophets
(Hardback)
Robert Jones Jr.
 
With lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin, Robert Jones Jr. tells an unflinching story of forbidden love between two enslaved men in Mississippi whose relationship threatens all around...
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Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars:...
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Kate Greene
 
A powerful reflection on life in isolation, in pursuit of the dream of Mars, a story of space and life, of the slippage between dreams and reality, of bodies in...
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The Push
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Ashley Audrain
 
The Push is an unsettling, breathtaking and powerful read about obsession and our deepest fears that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
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Detransition, Baby
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Torrey Peters
 
Reese nearly had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York, a job she didn't hate. She'd scraped together a life previous generations of trans women...
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Math Without Numbers
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Milo Beckman
 
Math Without Numbers makes human and understandable the elevated and hypothetical, allowing us to clearly see abstract math for what it is: bizarre, beautiful, and head-scratchingly wonderful.
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Aftershocks: Dispatches from the...
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Nadia Owusu
 
Nadia Owusu's astonishingly moving and incredibly timely memoir is a nuanced portrait of globalisation from the inside in a fractured world in crisis.
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Amari and the Night Brothers
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BB Alston
 
Amari Peters knows three things. Her big brother Quinton has gone missing. No one will talk about it. His mysterious job holds the secret. So when Amari gets an invitation...
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Shiver: who is guilty and who is...
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Allie Reynolds
 
A spectacular debut thriller set in the uniquely dangerous world of high-stakes, professional snowboarding.
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This is Why I Resist
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Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu
 
An unfettered call to anti-racist action by the activist, political commentator and public speaker, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.
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Here the Whole Time
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Vitor Martins
 
The ultimate feel-good YA romance which celebrates body positivity, self-acceptance and standing up to bullying and homophobia. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Heartstopper.
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Luster
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Raven Leilani
 
Razor-sharp, provocatively page-turning and surprisingly tender, Luster is a painfully funny coming-of-age story told by a fresh new voice.
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How to Be a Hero
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Cat Weldon; Katie Kear
 
A hilarious high-stakes fantasy adventure about friendship and bravery set in the world of the Norse Gods for fans of How to Train Your Dragon from debut author Cat Weldon.
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We Are All Birds of Uganda
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Hafsa Zayyan
 
Moving between two continents over a troubled century, We Are All Birds of Uganda is an immensely resonant novel that explores racial tensions, generational divides and what it means to...
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Black Girl Finance
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Selina Flavius
 
Guide to personal finance by Selina Flavius, the founder of the coaching platform Black Girl Finance.
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A Burning
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Megha Majumdar
 
An electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.
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How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her...
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Cherie Jones
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is a powerful, heart-wrenching novel of a troubled island, of three marriages, and of the women who live, love and fight to survive.
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All the Young Men: How One Woman...
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Ruth Coker Burks
 
All The Young Men is a gripping and triumphant tale of human compassion, telling the true story of a young single mother who finds herself driven to the forefront of...
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Red Corona
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Tim Glister
 
It's 1961 and the white heat of the Space Race is making the Cold War even colder.
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A Crooked Tree
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Una Mannion
 
A dark, gripping drama of family secrets and sisterly love, Mannion’s searing debut begins with a mother abandoning her daughter at the roadside then rapidly ratchets up the tension and...
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The Elephant
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Peter Carnavas;
 
A large grey elephant is following Olive's father around. It leaves with him for work and is still trailing behind him when he comes home again, keeping him heavy and...
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The Long, Long Afternoon: The most...
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Inga Vesper
 
And at some point during the long, long afternoon, Joyce Haney vanishes from her home. Ruby Wright arrives for work at Sunnylakes that day expecting the usual: chores she despises; . ...
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Fake Accounts
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Lauren Oyler
 
A wry, provocative and very funny debut novel about identity, authenticity and the self in the age of the internet ...
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Plain Bad Heroines
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Emily M. Danforth
 
'Brimming from start to finish with sly humour and gothic mischief' SARAH WATERS
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Raceless: In Search of Family,...
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Georgina Lawton
 
A stunning family memoir by journalist Georgina Lawton, exploring race, identity and the devasting effect of long-held secrets on a happy family.
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Open Water
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Caleb Azumah Nelson
 
Open Water asks what it means to be a person in a world that sees you only as a Black body, to be vulnerable when you are only respected for...
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Space Hopper
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Helen Fisher
 
Beautifully nostalgic and incredibly moving, Space Hopper is an uplifting debut about mothers and daughters, time and faith, and deciding when, and how, to let go of the past.
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The Rag and Bone Shop: How We Make...
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Veronica O'Keane
 
A leading psychiatrist shows how the mysteries of the brain are illuminated at the extremes of human experience
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The Gilded Ones
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Namina Forna
 
In this West African-inspired world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice, perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther.
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How We Are Translated: a novel
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Jessica Gaitan Johannesson
 
How We Are Translated gets at the heart of how language holds us, tears at us, and can bring us close in spite of, or because of, its inevitable imperfections
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The Jigsaw Man
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Nadine Matheson
 
There's a serial killer on the loose. The race is on before more bodies are found. Will it take a killer to catch the killer?
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Kololo Hill
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Neema Shah
 
Set in Uganda in 1972, an extraordinarily moving debut that tells the story of one family's escape, when Amin forces them to leave: a story of loss and separation, but...
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Madam
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Phoebe Wynne
 
Madam is a darkly feminist tale with an electrifying cast of heroines you won't soon forget, perfect for fans of Margaret Atwood and Madeline Miller
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The Coven
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Lizzie Fry
 
Women are not the enemy. We must protect them from themselves, just as much as we must protect ourselves. Imagine a world in which witchcraft is real. In which mothers...
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Gay Bar: Why We Went Out
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Jeremy Atherton Lin
 
Gay Bar is a sparkling, richly individual history of the gay bars of London, San Francisco and Los Angeles, focusing on the post-AIDs crisis years of the 1990s to the...
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Dangerous Women
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Hope Adams
 
Based on a real-life voyage, Dangerous Women is a sweeping tale of confinement, hope and the terrible things we do to survive.
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The Lamplighters
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Emma Stonex
 
​Inspired by real events, The Lamplighters is an intoxicating and suspenseful mystery, an unforgettable story of love and grief that explores the way our fears blur the line between the...
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The Office of Historical Corrections:...
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Danielle Evans
 
Sharp and funny, brilliant and prescient: a new collection of short stories that offer a dazzling insight into the subjects of race, grief, apology, and American history.
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Under the Blue
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Oana Aristide
 
A road trip beneath clear blue skies and a blazing sun: a reclusive artist is forced to abandon his home and follow two young sisters across a post-pandemic Europe in...
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King of Rabbits
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Karla Neblett
 
'A brilliant debut; vivid and compelling.' JENNI FAGAN _________________________________________________ Kai lives in a mixed-race family on a rural council estate ...
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An Ordinary Wonder
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Buki Papillon
 
​An Ordinary Wonder is a powerful coming-of-age story that explores complex desires as well as challenges of family, identity, gender and culture, and what it means to feel whole.
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